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Proper Care for your Jewelry

Posted by Cynthia Stevens on

Pure silver is soft and easily damaged. For use in jewelry, it is combined with other metals to make it more durable. Most often, 92.5 percent pure silver is combined with 7.5 percent copper or zinc (also called Sterling Silver). Copper has been found to be the best metal to improve silver’s hardness and is the most often used.  Copper added to silver has little effect on its value or color. 

Sterling Silver will tarnish when exposed to oxygen or sulfur.  Tarnished silver is duller and will turn a dark color.  You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often.  The natural oils in your skin will actually help protect and clean the silver. 

There are certain activities that can cause your silver jewelry to lose its luster quickly. Those are working out, swimming, showering, sunbathing, putting on lotion or makeup, applying hair products or hairspray and cleaning.  You should remove your sterling silver jewelry before those activities. 

You should store your silver jewelry in areas with low humidity (not the bathroom) in a dry airtight plastic bag or container.  Place a packet of silica or a piece of chalk in the storage bag or container.  Keep clasps and closures open to avoid moisture buildup. 

Even with proper care, your silver jewelry will sometimes need cleaning.  The best way to clean it is to polish it using a special non-abrasive jewelry cloth to avoid scratching.  Move to a new section of the cloth regularly.  Avoid areas that are intentionally oxidized as part of the design and do not rub in a circular motion. 

Taking proper care of your jewelry and storing in a dry airtight place will help keep your sterling silver jewelry looking brilliant for years to come. 

Caring for Sterling Silver with Rhodium Plating is different from silver that is not plated.  For one thing, it is easier to care for. You can clean it with warm water and a mild liquid soap.  Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth. never use any chemicals and do mot use a toothbrush or toothpaste.  You should remove your rhodium plated jewelry prior to showering, swimming, cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities. Always avoid contact with nail polish removers, creams, perfume, hairspray or makeup. Do not use jewelry cleaning products.  

Gold jewelry care is much simpler.  To clean it, soak it in a solution of 10 parts water to 2 parts dish soap for approximately 3 hours.  Gently scrub it with a soft clean toothbrush.  Dry thoroughly with soft cloth. 

All your jewelry should be carefully stored when not wearing. Place it in a soft dark place preferably lined with cloth and avoid pieces touching each other so they don't rub together.  

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